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JAMAICA | PM Holness Suspends No-Sleeveless Policy

Featured St Ann South East Member of Parliament (MP) Lisa Hanna set off a series of comments and criticisms recently, when she turned up in Parliament in what was perceived to be a sleeveless dress. St Ann South East Member of Parliament (MP) Lisa Hanna set off a series of comments and criticisms recently, when she turned up in Parliament in what was perceived to be a sleeveless dress.
 KINGSTON, Jamaica , August 10, 2018 - The Government has suspended the longstanding practice of prohibiting women wearing sleeveless attire, from entry into government buildings.
A media release from the Office of the Prime Minister today said prime minister Andrew Holness has formally given instructions for the suspension of the no-sleeveless policy and instructed a full review of government dress code practices. 

It has been found, that while the practice exists to prohibit persons who wear sleeveless from entering Government buildings through “dress codes” established within particular Ministries, Departments and Agencies, there is no law or official government policy on which these are based.  

The Cabinet has taken note of the concerns expressed by members of the public and empathizes with the unfortunate experiences shared primarily by women in both extreme and everyday circumstances.

In that regard, Prime Minister Holness instructed the Cabinet Secretary to write to Ministries, Departments and Agencies to make them aware that they are not to deny access or services to persons, based on their sleeveless attire, as this is not the policy of the government. 

To ensure the formulation of a proper policy, in the medium term, the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has been mandated to formulate, subject to consultation, a government dress code policy that is aligned with modern considerations as well as the climatic realities of Jamaica.
 
 
Last modified onFriday, 10 August 2018 21:47
  • Countries: Jamaica

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